Ulu, Breadfruit, Artocarpus altilis
Ulu is the Hawaiian word for Breadfruit as it was one of the first plants the Polynesians canoed over to Hawaii with.
Breadfruit is a huge tropical rain-forest fruiting tree in the mulberry family. It is closely related to the other tropical fruits such as jackfruit, figs and breadnut. There are many benefits to the tree through its leaves, seeds, and fruit.
- Breadfruit gets its name as it can provide much needed fiber helping to reduce cholesterol. The fiber also helps control diabetes by inhibiting excess absorption of glucose. Breadfruit is helpful in lowering blood pressure. The fiber in breadfruit flushes out the toxins from the intestines. Which will help prevent heartburn, acidity, ulcer and gastritis.
- There are dental benefits that breadfruit offer as well. Eating breadfruit flower can help relieve toothaches and crushing leaves on the tongue can also cure thrush.
- The fruit has moderate levels of essential vitamins, and minerals like B-complex, thiamin, niacin ,potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, selenium, and manganese.
- Breadfruit improves cardiovascular health, helps with resistance against infections by also containing high amounts of antioxidants.
- Breadfruit contains relatively high amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are vital for the proper development of the mind and body.
- Breadfruit has many skin benefits. It will help prevent excessive skin inflammation, cures and treats skin infections and diseases.
- The high amount of Vitamin C in breadfruit helps with the production of collagen, firming and evening out skin tone.
- The tree has a latex that can be used on the skin surface that is affected by skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and other inflammation.
- Breadfruit can be additional supporter of hair growth. It helps to also treat dandruff, itchiness and hair breakage.